When Feb. 8 rolled around, it was the happiest day of Oliver Ladd and Nana Cha’s lives.
It was also the most stressful, as snow began to fall on their wedding day.
“I was looking outside and just thought how pretty it was and figured eventually it'd stop,” Nana said.
But it didn’t stop until there was more than four inches blanketing the ground at their wedding venue, Vezelay, in Dahlonega. As the morning of their wedding moved along, both Olive and Nana were worried.
Vendors were cancelling because they couldn’t make it to the venue. Guests were either stuck at home or on the side of the road. Everything Nana had spent eight months planning was falling apart.
“She had made this very detailed itinerary that needless to say had to melt away with the snow,” Oliver said.
The morning started off with Oliver and his groomsmen walking in the snow, tuxedos in hand, down a two-mile gravel road from their Airbnb to get to the main road. They found a neighbor who was able to pull one of their cars down the gravel road so they could use it on the pavement.
Nana, on the other hand, was somewhat oblivious. She didn’t need anymore stress on the big day.
Though at times she was worried the wedding wouldn’t happen, all it took was a moment of prayer for things to begin to turn around.
“Call me crazy, but literally right after that moment, we looked outside and it had stopped snowing,” Nana said. “And from that moment on, things started working out.”
They look back on it and laugh now.
“We joke around about it that it was one of the most stressful days but it was everyone else's dream wedding that they would never dare to have,” Nana said.
While everything didn’t go as planned — the Farmer’s Almanac they looked at while making those plans was way off — they still had guests, they had music, they had food and they had a good time.
The majority of their guests were still able to make it to the wedding, despite the snowy, mountain roads. And even though the DJ couldn’t make it, they had a Spotify playlist that served just fine. And their photographer ended up being able to make it with the help of her father’s truck.
“It was just crazy how smoothly it worked out once we actually got there,” said Ashleigh Queen, owner of Queen Media. “It was great.”
The caterer wasn’t able to make it, though, but Chick-fil-A in Dahlonega came through at the last minute and had chicken sandwiches for everyone.
“We liked Chick-fil-A before but we like them even more now, and we’re not getting paid to say that,” Oliver said, laughing.
Even with all the stress, the wedding went on and the couple got married. They have so many memories to look back on and their wedding is one they will never forget.
“I have never felt so confident and so excited in my life because it went from not being a thing, this day that I had been dreamin go my entire life, to being something that was unexpected but absolutely amazing in all the right ways,” Nana said.